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Match fixing is a lowlight: Haroon Lorgat

International Cricket Council’s (ICC) outgoing chief Haroon Lorgat yesterday admitted spot-fixing scandals were a low point of his tenure — but insisted the sport was now in better shape to fight corruption.

Lorgat, who handed over to new ICC chief executive David Richardson in Kuala Lumpur, said the sport’s response to its worst betting controversy in years would act as a deterrent to cheats.


Outgoing ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat (left) with new president Alan Isaac at Kuala Lumpur recently. Pic/AFP

“It’s a lowlight, but in the manner we responded we demonstrated we will not tolerate any form of corruption and that we’re going to pursue it to a logical conclusion,” the South African said.

Three Pakistani players were jailed in England over the spot-fixing affair after they were caught arranging no-balls to order during the 2010 Test series against England.

But Lorgat said the prison terms and the reforms made by domestic bodies, including the adoption of new anti-corruption codes, had left cricket better placed to battle corruption.

Alan Isaac is ICC president
Cricket’s world body inaugurated a new chief executive and president yesterday and announced a new post of chairman in a small step towards reform after the sport was urged to modernise.

Former South African wicket-keeper David Richardson succeeded Haroon Lorgat as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief executive, after his compatriot’s four-year term ended, and New Zealander Alan Isaac became the body’s new president.

“We take over the game in extremely good health but obviously lots of challenges,” Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, said.
 

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